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Bob Dylan Fans
« on: February 05, 2007, 06:47:02 PM »
His influence is undeniable, as well as his genius. He is a towering cultural figure who redefined music. So what are your opinions of Dylan and his music? What are your favorite songs? Albums? Lyrics?

For the more fanatic followers:

What is your favorite period in Dylan's music? Dylan is constantly in transition, and each major period is very unique and different from each before it. I have to say that I love his mid sixties rock and early sixties folk, but his late 90s early 2000s music is profoundly affecting to me. I personally find Time Out of Mind to be one of his greatest albums, it's so dark and ambient. Some of the tracks are simply brilliant, such as Love Sick, Cold Irons Bound, Standing in the Doorway Crying, Not Dark Yet, and Highlands. It is such a powerful album considering where Dylan was at that point in his life, he was largely considered a has-been, he was spiritually/mentally/creatively drained, and then puts out an album of painful ruminations about death and old age. Then he almost dies from an infection around his heart. He returns with Love and Theft, a complete reversal in tone. We now see Dylan will a new sense of purpose and creativity along with a renewed zeal for life and music. He does it again with Modern Times. Some of his best work that is comparable to his music at the height of his career.     

Also, do you have any favorite Dylan themed riffs from MST3K or Rifftrax? It always makes me crack up when I hear one. I'm pretty sure that Mike is a Dylan fan, because I have spotted Dylan quotes in his books and in rifftrax. There is one in the Matrix, where Agent Smith is looking out over city while interrogating Morpheus, and says something to effect of "millions of people just living out their lives" and then mike chimes in: "Not needing a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." There was also one in XXX where someone mentions vandals, and Mike says: Hey, aren't they the reason the pump doesn't work?   

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Re: Bob Dylan Fans
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 06:59:03 PM »
I'm a fan of Dylan, though my knowledge of his works is a little sketchy.  I have three of his albums: Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks and The Freewheeling Bob Dylan (not completely sure if those names are 100%).  As for favourite songs? Shelter from the Storm, Blowin' in the Wind, The Times they are a-Changing are all really iconic tracks which I've heard hundreds of times.  I think the great thing for me about Dylan is that whatever attracts me to his songs deepens when I actually listen to his lyrics: My current favourite is Ballad of a Thin Man, and there's a great section where he sings:

"And I asked 'What's mine?//
and she replied 'Well, what is?"

I've heard some of his newer stuff too and his voice is very different, though still pretty great.

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Re: Bob Dylan Fans
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2007, 10:50:58 AM »
I only actually own 2 Dylan albums, Bood on the Tracks and whatever that album with the Dead was called (Dylan  & The Dead?)...  I love BOTT, but I'm apparently one of the few people who actually enjoy Dylan's stuff with the Grateful Dead in the 80's, I even got most of the SBD's that were showing up on sharingthegroove I think and got the rest off archive.org and gdlive.net.. I 've got some other cool bootlegs from over the years too like a TV performance doing the Rolling Thunder Review thing, a great quality copy of Eat The Document on DVD, audio of him at one of his shows in Israel in the 80's (really shrill sound though), a box set of I guess about 6-9 hours of demos and outtakes, him in the studio with Johnny Cash (there's one of him with George Harrison I think but I never grabbed it unfortuantly...), at least one source for every time I saw him, and some more I can't think of right now...

Seen Dylan 3 times live, once in Tennesee (Willie Nelson opening), once in Mississippi (Merle Haggard opening), and then once in Philly on this last tour (Raconteurs opening) and loved every one..  Tennessee one was outside and at the end of the show as soon as the group went into All Along The Watchtower it started to rain and it may have been in my head but it seemed like the rain got harder during the solos, one of my favorite concert moments.

Some of my favorite songs are:  Ballad Of A Thin Man, Hurricane, and for whatever reason I can't think of anymore.... I liked the new album, but I can't call it an absolute classic like everyone else or listen to it 5 times a day like my dad.  edit - another favorite I forgot about and one I used to quote all the time:  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

The Dylan and Zappa references in the Matrix were probably my favorite parts of that track
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Re: Bob Dylan Fans
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2007, 02:51:17 PM »
Oh Bob Dylan.
I did a biography on him for english.
What an interesting man.

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Re: Bob Dylan Fans
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2007, 08:23:27 PM »
The greatest Dylan riff of all time was in MST3K, on the Sinister Urge- there's a guy who looks a bit like '60s era Dylan, and when he pops into a phone booth, Servo says "This looks like a job for Zimmer-man!"

One of those jokes that makes me laugh just to remember it.

And I have every Dylan album from the self titled one through Desire, including most of the bootleg series and the basement tapes. I think the mid though Desire was his best period, as his folk stuff is good but doesn't generally showcase his brilliance at interpreting his own stuff as well as the Bringing It All Back Home era forward.

I just recently read something that pointed out how Ballad of a Thin Man works really well as being about a repressed homosexual- it's filled with pretty blatant imagery to that effect ("with your pencil in your hand", "one-eyed midget", the sword swallower part generally) and I had just never noticed it before. It still doesn't one-to-one decode, but it's an interesting reading.

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Re: Bob Dylan Fans
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2007, 09:26:40 AM »
I love Dylan.  I don't have all his studio albums (missing Self-Portrait, New Morning, Dylan, and Planet Waves from the 70's, and only have Shot Of Love, Infidels, Empire Burlesque, and Oh Mercy from the 80's), and although I've heard several of his live releases, don't own any.  Of the stuff I do have, I Bringing It All Back Home probably the best, although Blood On The Tracks is right up there.  My favorite song by him would probably be "Desolation Row."   

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Re: Bob Dylan Fans
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2007, 09:45:37 AM »
Dylan is the BOMB - holy cow I'm glad someone brought this guy up in his own topic.... I /love/ his music. He's a poet, man..... a poet....

"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" is amazing, because everytime he performs it it's like he changes it to fit what he's feeling. And his songs are relatively easy to play on the gee-tar.

[sings] I hear him callin' for my soul....[/sings]
J to the Pizzo
P to the Jizzay...

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Re: Bob Dylan Fans
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2007, 12:26:05 PM »
Listened to the Bootleg Series Vol 5 this weekend, of the Rolling Thunder Revue, which is tremendous.  Cuts of songs from Blood on the Tracks as performed on Hard Rain are among the best re-contextualizing of any songs possible, and they rock as hard as any man could hope to.  Idiot Wind and Shelter from the Storm are two songs that had no business being played as rocking as he did on that tour considering how intense the originals are, but somehow, it works. 

Dylan rules.  I could go on for hours about New Morning, the five times in my life that Highlands has played in its entirety, which quote of his I used for my high school yearbook, and many many other stories.  But one of my favorites I related for a friends music blog here:  http://www.muzzleofbees.com/2006/05/23/summer-songs-san-diego-serenade/

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Re: Bob Dylan Fans
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2007, 01:17:36 PM »
Dylan's in my Top 5. I love all of his folk/protest stuff, and Blood On The Trackss is one of the best Albums ever made.

My favorite song would either be With God On Our Side (The Bootleg Vol. 7 version w/ Joan Baez), When The Ship Comes In (Same CD), Girl of the North Country, or Visions of Johanna.